Boston, MA – When Suffolk County’s district attorney-elect Rachel Rollins takes over the prosecutor’s office in January, criminals will no longer need to worry about being held accountable for many offenses – including resisting arrest.
“It’s a recipe for disaster,” veteran Boston defense attorney, Robert Griffin, told the Boston Globe.
“The problem is the message that you’re sending,” Griffin stressed. “You’re encouraging bad behavior. You’re telling people that we’re not going to do anything about this.”
Rollins, 47, has been widely hailed – and widely criticized – for her well-publicized “Charges to be Declined” list, which she has featured on her campaign webpage.
The list of crimes that will no longer be prosecuted are:
-A stand alone resisting arrest charge, i.e. cases where a person is charged with resisting arrest and that is the only charge
-A resisting arrest charge combined with only charges that all fall under the list of charges to decline to prosecute, e.g. resisting arrest charge combined only with a trespassing charge
-Shoplifting (including offenses that are essentially shoplifting but charged as larceny)
-Larceny under $250
-Disturbing the peace
-Receiving stolen property
-Minor driving offenses, including operating with a suspend or revoked license
-Breaking and entering — where it is into a vacant property or where it is for the purpose of sleeping or seeking refuge from the cold and there is no actual damage to property
-Wanton or malicious destruction of property
-Threats – excluding domestic violence
-Minor in possession of alcohol
-Drug possession with intent to distribute.
And this being Massachusetts, you know the citizens have by limited opportunities to defend themselves when the inevitable societal breakdown happens. As long as a criminal steals under certain amount of money, he is safe. Now imagine five friends walking into a liquor store and each of the pilfer booze in the amount of $200 each. Imagine that it is several groups of five, every day for a week. That would be one business that will shut down before Sunday. Mom & Pop grocery stores? Pack of smokes in Mass is almost $10 so an individual can come and steal 25 packs every instance and not be arrested? Beers?
Go to the mall and get yourself a nice pat of $185 Nike LeBrons and just walk out of the Foot Locker knowing you more than likely will not be arrested and if you are, you won’t be prosecuted. Walk around the counter of the Cinnabon in the food court, break open the register and steal only $250? Approved!
Your imagination can do the rest.
As long as they do not touch anything Federal, it is gonna be a full Christmas coming January 2019 for the Criminal Element in Suffolk County.
Hat Tip Joshua F.